Protective Shield for Screens - Wacker Chemie AG


Protective Shield for Screens

The touchscreens of smartphones and tablets are crucial human-machine interfaces, functioning as both displays and control elements. Their surfaces are shielded against damage by covering them with protective films that incorporate self-adhesive silicones from WACKER.

Natural color expression and retina displays along with low energy consumption: manufacturers don’t spare the superlatives when extolling the screens of their smartphones, tablets and the like. The screen surfaces are the all-important human-machine interfaces, functioning as both displays and control elements. Phoning, taking high-res snaps, or gaming – everything you do pivots around the touchscreen. The screen’s quality therefore plays a key role in the purchasing decision.

“It is becoming increasingly important to protect high-quality smartphone screens against scratches and knocks, as these devices are often very expensive.”

Dr. Timo Hagemeister WACKER SILICONES

“Protecting high-quality screens against scratches and impacts is becoming ever more important in view of the high price of many smartphones,” explains Dr. Timo Hagemeister, until recently silicones development manager at WACKER in Shanghai (China) and now head of the Group’s Consumer Care business team. “The equipment manufacturers protect them with thin films, which are permanently applied to the surfaces during production.” At the same time, consumers can do their touchscreens a favor by applying an additional self-adhesive protective film, which guards the display against minor accidents and extends its lifetime. Hardened plastic films or glass protectors are also commercially available. They can be made extremely thin, as well as robust and flexible and even defend the display against hot cigarette butts or violent shocks when the device is dropped, for example.